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The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

“The Lives They Left Behind is a deeply moving testament to the human side of mental illness, and of the narrow margin which so often separates the sane from the mad.  It is a remarkable portrait, too, of the life of a psychiatric asylum--the sort of community in which, for better and for worse, hundreds of thousands of people lived out their lives. Darby Penney and Peter Stastny...

Orphan Trains (Researching American History)

Orphan Trains (Researching American History)

In 1853, Rev. Charles Loring Brace founded the first of many orphanages and social agencies to provide for the homeless street children in New York. Noting the need for laborers and the desire for more children in other parts of the country, Brace's Children's Aid Society began to "place out" children to families in more than 40 states. Eventually, thousands of children...

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and A Fifty-Year Search

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and A Fifty-Year Search

When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea, Co. Limerick, to be looked after as a `fallen woman' and at the age of three her baby was whisked away and `sold' to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising `Never to Seek to Know' what the Church did with him, she never saw him again. She would spend...

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